Patriotism during World War II was at a high in the United States. Veterans of that era just seem to stand a little taller and hold their heads up higher. A song was written at that time, called “Coming in on a WIng and a Prayer”. The song was about a fighter plane going out to battle and then disappearing. Everyone ends up waiting and listening and hoping for the best - when all of a sudden they hear the hum of an engine and learn the plane is coming home with only one engine, “on a wing and a prayer”. Even though all hope should have been lost - they made it. I was thinking about that phrase today, on the National Day of Prayer.
Much of what we have done at the Torch has been done on a wing and a prayer. And I emphasize the word prayer, because prayer is at the heart of our accomplishments. Every single time we have encountered an obstacle - we might have had a moment of discouragement, but it was always, always, ALWAYS followed it with prayer and asking God for His help and encouragement. There are things about the Torch that don’t look at all like I thought they would when we first developed the idea, but often they are better than what I expected. I thought we would have the truck out cooking all this past Winter. I was wrong about that; we had so much to learn. But we did start tutoring and with the truck being down Sarah and I could focus on that. It is good that we did, because we have a much better picture of how that part of the Torch will work in the future.
I was talking to a friend the other day about some of the things we have coming up. She asked about the summer, but every time I began to explain a different thing we are planning to do and hoping to accomplish, she interrupted me to tell me how they wouldn't work or why we couldn't do it or why we shouldn't do thngs. I don’t think she was intentionally trying to be negative. I think she was having a hard time wrapping her brain around attempting to do things that haven’t been done before. She didn’t discourage me, however, she energized me - because when I thought about the conversation later, I realized how different I am now than I used to be. I used to think of all the reasons why NOT to do something and that prevented me from trying new things and taking leaps of faith. But in that conversation - every time she threw a reason out there as to why we shouldn't or couldn't try to do what we are doing, my mind immediately went to why we should and could and how we would overcome the obstacles. She was still shaking her head when we ended the conversation, but I was more excited than ever for the upcoming summer adventures.
I don’t think calling this day the National Day of Prayer begins to scratch the surface of what it really is. If people really, truly, pray for the nation, the people, the world huge, gigantic amazing things could happen. It should be called the National Day of Power and Amazement! That’s how I feel about The Torch. We won't be shaken, we won't be deterred, we won't be discouraged, and we won't give up.
We started on a wing and a PRAYER, that is our source and our energy, and we will continue to be fueled by prayer.